Celebrate Kids to Parks day this Saturday, May 21. For the past six years the National Park Trust has celebrated the unofficial start of summer with Kids to Parks Day. Our National Parks are a treasure to be discovered with our children. This annual day out to explore is a great way to introduce kids to get outside and put down their devices. There is so much more to see once you discover our National Parks.


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Kids to Parks Day is May 21. photo credit: National Park Trust


Kids to Parks Day 2016 promises to be bigger than ever! National Park Trust is celebrating the Centennial of the National Park Service and the launch of President Obama’s “Every Kid in a Park” initiative, which gives all U.S. 4th graders and their families a pass to enjoy all national parks and federal lands free this year. Last year, Kids to Parks Day had more than 640,000 participants in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. This year, the goal is to have more than 750,000 people enjoy Kids to Parks Day.

National Park Trust’s Kids to Parks Day is proud to be endorsed by numerous national partners in outdoor recreation, education and health and governors and mayors from all 50 states and Washington, D.C. The annual initiative supports not only the President’s new Every Kid in a Park program, but also First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let Move! Initiative.

Kids to Parks Day offers many benefits to children and families. Cities across the nation are encouraging their residents to use Kids to Parks Day as the first of many days spent outdoors, at local parks and recreation sites, to develop more active, healthy lifestyles. Kids to Parks Day brings families together to create lifelong memories.


You can find all participating parks on the National Park Trust site.

Currently there are only 405,000 registered to participate this year, down from last year. We need to support our national parks and teach our children about the beauty around them. Sign up to be counted for this year’s Kids to Parks Day and be registered to win great prizes, including a BabyBjörn Baby Carrier so you can enjoy the outdoors with even the smallest kids.

Will you be participating in Kids to Parks Day 2016? Which National Park will you visit?